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Kortjass, Makie – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article gives an account of what I learned through the process of a self-study research project. Self-study teacher research allows teacher educators and teachers to improve their learning, plan new pedagogies and impact students' learning. Aim: The aim of this self-study research was to improve my own practice in early childhood…
Descriptors: Reflection, Independent Study, Integrated Activities, Learning Activities
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Hannaway, Donna – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: As technology today is pervasive, this study seeks to examine how technological changes influence Foundation Phase learners, specifically the impact of technology on teaching and learning. Aim: This study establishes professional perspectives of technology-based teaching and learning (TBTL) in the Foundation Phase from the vantage…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Technology Integration, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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Isaacs, Shafika; Roberts, Nicky; Spencer-Smith, Garth; Brink, Sonja – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article reports on the evaluation of a professional development programme for underqualified Grade R practitioners, many of whom work under challenging conditions. Aim: The study aimed to evaluate the practitioners' confidence, knowledge and practice of play. Setting: The programme involved a 5-week training programme for 1000…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Self Esteem
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Muthivhi, Azwihangwisi E.; Kriger, Samantha – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: This article reported on the developmental consequences of music instruction in Foundation Phase level of South African school context, specifically in relation to learners' learning and acquisition of early reading abilities. Against the background of the recent upsurge in research interest on the subject of conceptual and skills…
Descriptors: Reading Skills, Transfer of Training, Music Education, Concept Formation
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Roberts, Nicky; Spencer-Smith, Garth – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: There has been little Southern African research attention on the potentials of m-learning to support quality mathematics learning for young children and their caring adults. This article argues that m-learning research has shifted from claims of being promising to claims of effect in educational settings of both classrooms and homes.…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Models, Intervention, Mathematics Instruction
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Yiga, Sarah I.N.; Khoarai, Lerato; Khosana, Thapelo; Lesupi, Rebonethato; Mduli, Joanah; Shadwell, Tamryn; Botes, Johan; Joubert, Gina – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Academic achievement is influenced by a system of internal and external stimuli. Internal stimuli include interest, willingness and academic motivation. In South Africa, efforts to improve the quality of education have mostly focused on the provision of physical resources rather than emotional resources. Aim: The aim of this study was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Motivation, Academic Achievement, Elementary School Students
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Ogina, Teresa A.; Ramare, Norman M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: In recent years, there appears to have been more interest than ever in the education of orphaned children, especially in terms of their school attendance. Although some studies have reported on the efforts of caregivers, teachers, government, Non-Governmental Organisations and others in providing the educational needs of orphaned…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Attendance, Children, Stakeholders
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Meiring, Leslie F. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The South African national school curriculum for the foundation phase (6- to 9-year-olds) does not have a unique subject called 'science', but 'hidden' away in the subject 'life skills', one detects a great deal of science, but not all of it overtly presented. This presents a challenge to teachers who might be limited in their science…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Self Efficacy, Elementary School Students, Foreign Countries
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Ndlovu, Zanele A.; Chiromo, Lytion – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Teaching using manipulatives is emphasised, especially in the early grades, to help learners conceptualise operations on whole numbers. Therefore, teachers' competencies in using manipulatives is the key in helping learners master these basic operation skills. Aim: Drawing from the literature on using manipulatives to improve learners'…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Marais, Elma; Nel, Carisma; Dlavane, Dolly – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Universities, specifically faculties of education, have the responsibility to ensure that student teachers are introduced to the complexities involved in planning conceptually sound, coherent and cohesive lessons. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine how prepared students teachers are to plan children's literature…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Questioning Techniques, Childrens Literature, African Languages
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Coetzee, Dané; Pienaar, Anita E.; van Wyk, Yolanda – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Visual motor integration plays an important role in academic skills of learners in the early school years and can have an impact on their overall academic performance. Aim: This study aimed to determine the influence of socio-economic status (SES) on changes in visual-motor integration, visual perception and motor coordination over a…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Psychomotor Skills, Socioeconomic Status, Grade 1
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Veijalainen, Jouni; Reunamo, Jyrki; Sajaniemi, Nina; Suhonen, Eira – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: A large body of earlier research has focused on studying children's self-regulation (SR) skills and frustration with different methods. However, considerably less attention has been given to hearing children's own voice. The current study sought to demonstrate children's own comprehension and highlight it as a valuable and unique…
Descriptors: Coping, Early Childhood Education, Self Control, Preschool Children
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Brown, Bruce – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: The learning of rational numbers is a complex and difficult process that begins in the early grades. This teaching often focuses on the mastery of essential knowledge, including particular skills (e.g. using fractions to describe part--whole diagrams) and interpretations (e.g. sharing), which often results in an incomplete and…
Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods
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van Staden, Surette; Combrinck, Celeste; Roux, Karen; Tshele, Mishack; Palane, Nelladee M. – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: South Africa's participation across a number of international large-scale assessment programmes provides continued evidence of poor student achievement across grades and phases. Despite discouraging achievement results, evidence of slow progress begins to emerge, yet systemic inequalities persist. Aim: This article aims to unpack the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Educational Policy, Equal Education
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Jemutai, Sarah; Webb, Paul – South African Journal of Childhood Education, 2019
Background: Literature reveals that guided play promotes the development of visuospatial abilities essential for learning to read, write and do mathematics. However, most of these findings have focused on older children who are already literate, and the tests and the instruments used were designed for children in Western contexts. Aim: As there is…
Descriptors: Visual Perception, Play, Cross Cultural Studies, Pretests Posttests
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